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Confirmation Ministry

6th - 8th Grade

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6th - 8th Grade Confirmation

by Deaconess Katie Freund

Confirmation classes for the 2022/23 school year wrapped up in March. Confirmation Orientation for the 2023/24 school year will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2023.


PADS Packing Schedule

Our last lunch pack in the Holy Cross kitchen between worship services will be on April 9.

Confirmation: Spring Recap

This year our confirmation class was able to return to our long-standing practice of taking students off site for field trips and service opportunities, and we really went for it! From setting up beds for PADS at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, to packing meals for Feed My Starving Children, our kids showed up to serve others.


Their favorite event of the year was a field trip to the Oriental Institute Museum on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. Students did a great job of staying engaged and asking tons of thoughtful questions during our guided tour. They also had the chance to participate in a hands-on workshop identifying replicas of ancient artifacts. Before we even got back to the church we had kids asking if this is a trip we could do again next year!

Our last class off church property was a Walmart shopping night. We had 25 students divided into five teams, each with the PADS "wish list" of items they need to care for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The kids were given a budget of $150 per team and set loose in the store (with adult chaperones, don't worry). And our kids did great! The final tally included, but was not limited to: 58 single serve meals, 32 kids’ coats, 9 boxes of diapers, 7 sleeping bags, 2 tents, clothing for adults and children, and other food items.


Acolyte Scheduling

by Pastor Bob Davis and Pastor Chris Neptun


Dear Families of Confirmation Aged Students,

We wanted to follow up with you to encourage your Confirmation aged child to participate in worship volunteering as an acolyte at worship. The process is not difficult and is a good way to help involve your child in service to others. At the start of Confirmation, you were all invited to attend an Intro to Acolyting session where the kids were involved in learning about lighting candles and the role of the acolyte. Certainly additional or refresher training can occur if needed. At this juncture, we would like for you to schedule your child for a worship volunteer position as acolyte and the steps to follow are below. Currently, the calendar is posted through Christmas Day. We will open 2023 in November. As always, should you have any additional questions, please feel welcome to contact the church office via email at or at (847) 367-4060 and we will be very happy to assist. Thank you!

To schedule volunteer positions:


  • If you have activated your Church Community Builder account you should be able to see the available dates/spaces for acolyting by visiting the following link and selecting the service time (8 or 10 am) that you would be interested in having your child serve in:

  • Once you select the date you would like to connect to, click on that date and the worship plan will appear. 


  • Click on the blue text “add volunteers” underneath the Acolytes heading and then you may type your student's name into the “Search People” line and their name will appear.


  • You will see a grey circle with their initials, their full name with the grey word “Available” underneath and a box on the right hand side. Click the box to check the mark and then click the blue box “ADD” to accept that position on that date. 


  • Should you have any trouble… you may pick a date(s) and time of service and contact the church office ahead of time to assist you, but the process is fairly simple.

Acolyte Schedule

Confirmation DVD Lending Library

Our Confirmation electives program has begun building a lending library that students and families may use for completing requirements within that program but we would like to make the films available to all for summer viewing. If you are interested in borrowing one of our DVD’s, please contact the church office at or (847) 367-4060. Films can be loaned for 2 weeks.

The following common elective DVDs are available:


- Different Drummers

- Facing The Giants

- Luther (2003) movie

- Soul Surfer

- Brooklyn Castle

- Akeelah and the Bee

- War with Grandpa

- Freedom Writers

- Coach Carter

- Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

- Uncle Nino

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